In real life, I grew up a Mormon girl in a Mormon town with a huge dream. I wanted to be a high school drama teacher, because I loved characters, and stories, and directing, but most of all, because I love teens.
That dream shifted and grew as I shifted and grew. I went to college on a Theatre scholarship, where I fell in love with my psychology classes, and my English Minor.
Now I'm a mom of three, married to my best friend, and I tell stories.
I'm the same age as Rory Gilmore, which means I read Harry Potter before they made the movies. I love Shakespeare because Shaun Hunter fell for a girl with a book of Shakespeare's sonnets in her purse.
Jess Mariano from The Gilmore Girls imprinted himself into my head at a tender age, but so did Roald Dahl's Matilda, Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax, and Jane Austen's Every Female Character. My favorite book to read to my children is the Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, and Beezus and Ramona. I once met a children's librarian who didn't know about Ramona, and I may have narrowed my eyes. But I was polite, because she was a librarian, and librarians are the bacon of humanity, so I simply returned to her desk with a stack of Cleary and gave her homework to do before the next time I saw her.
I'm often running late. I forget things. I burn brownies, and forget to sign permission slips. I believe in honesty in all things, except Driver's Licences ( Yes, Officer. I do only weigh that much) and I love people who are real. I hate small talk, but I will sit and crowd watch for hours. I love truth. I consider Luna Lovegood a close personal friend.
I write YA because it's fascinating. I love the fear, the heartbreak, the decisions, the fakeness, the truth, and the brokenness of being a teenager. I write YA, because YA books made me who I am and saved my life when I was living in the trenches of fear, heartbreak, decisions, fakeness,truth, and brokenness. I write YA because I don't want to read or write anything else. My first published novel, Funny Tragic Crazy Magic has sold more than 15,000 digital copies. My second novel, Alchemy (Cowritten with Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West) made Amazon top 100 Hot New Releases, and was voted # 42 (Don't Panic!) of Indie Authorlands top one hundred Self-Published books worth reading.
Also, my husband and I are raising our children to be nerds.
You're welcome, America.